Feb 24 — Private investigator P. Balasubramaniam returned to Malaysia
today, vowing to help voters and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) oust the Barisan
Nasional (BN) government in Election 2013. Balasubramaniam fled the
country since he made a second sworn statement to refute his first
statutory declaration (SD) that implicated Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in the 2006 murder of
Mongolian Altantuya Shaaribuu.
Talks had been circulating that he was planning to return home and
campaign for the federal opposition bloc. "I came back because I want to
be with my fellow Malaysians.
We must change this corrupt government. "If we let them govern for 50
years more this country will be ruined," he told some 50 PKR supporters
who greeted him at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here upon his
arrival from India.
The former private investigator also swore that he had made the
second SD under duress while claiming that the allegations contained in
the first statement was the truth.
Balasubramaniam (picture) had said in the past that he fled the country after he and his family received death threats.
"I had no other choice. I had to take my family out of the country," he said.
The former PI confirmed that controversial carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishan had assisted in the drafting of the second SD.
MORE than three decades of sharing an address is bound to leave one with a tinge of nostalgia.
Noodle House founder and head chef Lai Kok Choy, however, has a more
pragmatic approach in dealing with change. Believing that people should
evolve with the times, he simply uprooted his restaurant of 33 years to
make way for new development and moved to a different address.
dad was one of the pioneer group of tenants to set up shop in Jaya
Shopping Centre, then known as the Jaya Supermarket, at Section 14,
“He was also among the last few to move out after
we were informed of plans to demolish the building and turn it into a
lifestyle mall,” Lai’s youngest daughter Chelsea, 37, revealed at the
Jaya Noodle House's new premises at Jaya One, PJ.
Nostalgic sight: The old orange-and-cream tables and chairs are still a fixture at the outlet.
new Jaya Noodle House opened in February and conveniently overlooks
Jalan 13/6, opposite the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman's PJ campus. It
nestles among eateries established at the Glutton’s Row known as Wai Sek
When her father opened Jaya Noodle House in 1975 with three
other partners, Chelsea was only four years old while her sisters, Bee
Ling and Bee Kuan were seven and six, respectively. They now handle
public relations, finance and kitchen operations.
supplier by trade, Lai went to Hong Kong to learn about the concept of a
noodle house and returned to set up “the first air-conditioned noodle
house in PJ.”
He and his partners came up with a modest capital
of RM5,000 each to start Jaya Noodle House but Lai bought over their
shares two years later.
Still at it: Lai is still hard at work in the kitchen 33 years on.
decided to go with my instincts to stay put and abide by the
management’s decision to increase rental because Jaya had the Cold
Storage Supermarket then and people would swing by the noodle house
after grocery shopping.
“We stayed on till the eve of Chinese New
Year this year because Cold Storage was still open and our regulars
kept coming by,” Lai said.
Initially, the noodle house had eight
to nine items on its limited menu. An original copy is still available
where a bowl of Abalone Noodles was then priced at RM3.80. The present
menu offers over 70 dishes, including stalwarts like the Pig’s Fore
Shank Noodles, Steamed Duck with Salted Cabbage Soup, Stewed Beef
Brisket Noodles and Yok Chuk Chicken Soup.
“Our local cook has
been with us for over 20 years but my dad is still the best cook. He
still makes the best Char Siew Noodles and we are grateful that his
personal touch has remained throughout the years,” Chelsea said while
giving her father a fond glance.
The sprightly senior citizen turns 66 this year and has not thought about retiring.
mind wanders when you have free time and I prefer to keep myself busy. I
relax by working out at the Clark Hatch Fitness Centre at the Hilton
Petaling Jaya,” he said but Chelsea cheekily prodded him and said he
also headed there for naps.
The warmth shared by father and
daughters flows through the restaurant that has many regulars. One of
the ways Jaya Noodle House has maintained its old customers is by
retaining the old orange-and-cream chairs and tables.
Blast from the past: An old photograph of Lai standing in front of the old premises of the outlet at Jaya Supermarket, as it was then known.
are often unable to read our sign while driving by but glancing at the
tables and chairs does the trick. Most of our customers are also senior
citizens and Jaya One has ample ramps and parking facilities for the
elderly and disabled,” Chelsea explained.
The noodle house is the
same size as before but has its own washrooms and was renovated at a
cost of RM200,000 to include a new kitchen.
Rental is a cool
RM25,000 monthly, a far cry from the RM2 per sq ft (0.09 sq m) Lai paid
when he first opened at Jaya Supermarket.
When Lai opened there,
only a handful of the lots were occupied. It is the same scenario in
Jaya One with the Lai family poised once again for a new beginning.
NOODLE HOUSE (Non-halal) Lot 35-LG2, Block C, Jaya One, No 72A, Jalan
University, Petaling Jaya (Tel:03-7954 2639). Business Hours: Daily,
10am to 10pm.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — The Johor state government and
logistics tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary will compete for a new
multi-billion ringgit high-speed train project linking Kuala Lumpur and
Singapore, The Edge Financial Daily reported today.
According to The Edge, YTL Corp Bhd and Hartasuma Sdn Bhd
have also been named as those contending for the project said to be
worth RM20 billion to RM30 billion.
Syed Mokhtar is said to be one of the parties eyeing the high-speed rail project.
which was co-founded by former PLUS Expressway Bhd board member Tan Sri
Ravindran Menon, will likely partner with listed UEM Land Holdings Bhd
if it grabs the project, the business paper said.
The engineering firm states on its website that it has a special
focus on transport infrastructure and utilities, among other things.
YTL Corp managing director Tan Sri Francis Yeoh had in 2006 proposed a
Malaysia-Singapore high-speed rail link (HSR) to the government, but
the plan was reportedly shelved due to the high cost of the project.
The company had previously built the 57km express rail link
connecting KL Sentral and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA),
and now owns half of the company that holds a 60-year concession on it.
The Johor government is likely to form a joint venture if it wins the HSR project that will cut through the southern state, The Edge quoted an industry executive as saying.
Syed Mokhtar already owns a few ports via MMC Corp Bhd, including the
Port of Tanjung Pelepas and Johor Port, and was reportedly working on a
takeover of national railway KTM.
MMC Corp is currently in a joint venture with Gamuda Bhd for the Mass
Rapid Transit (MRT), the largest rail project in the Klang Valley, due
to be ready in 2017. The two companies are also working together on a
329km electrified double-tracking rail project connecting Perak and
Perlis that is expected to be completed this year.
But it remains unclear which of Syed Mokhtar’s companies will fight for the HSR project, The Edge said.
On Tuesday, the HSR link was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri
Najib Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong, with the
latter saying that it is targeted to be built by 2020.
The project, which Najib had said will be done through public-private
partnership “with strong government participation”, will cut travel
time between the two capital cities to 90 minutes.
A day later, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said the over
400km-long rail link is expected to benefit areas along the route and
around the railway stations.
Kong said an initial study has identified five towns where new
railway stations will be built, namely Seremban in Negri Sembilan, Ayer
Keroh in Malacca, and Muar, Batu Pahat and Iskandar Johor, all in Johor.
Judge Desmond Nair has also heard from Hiton Botha, the investigating
officer who was first to arrive at the scene after the shooting.
Botha said he arrived at around 4.15am and found Steenkamp's dead
body at the bottom of the staircase. She was wearing a black vest and
white shorts and was covered in towels.
An examination showed Steenkamp had been shot three times; once on
the right side of her head above her ear, once in her right arm and once
through the hip. The bullets went through her clothes, showing she was
dressed when she was shot.
The judge requested a floor plan to better determine Pistorius' movements (Kristen van Schie/Twitter)
Botha said he found one cartridge outside the bathroom and three inside. The gun was found on the mat.
He said the shots were fired diagonally around 1.5 metres from the
door, and claimed that Steenkamp's injuries, on the right-hand side of
her body, suggest she was not on the toilet but "hiding" on the
right-hand side of the room.
Botha also said the shots were aimed at the toilet bowl: "If you fire straight at the door, you miss the toilet."
Botha recommended Pisotrius not be granted bail because he is a
"flight risk". After the shooting, Pistorius' lawyer and brother came to
the property looking for documents and a memory stick relating to
details of an offshore account.
"We don't want another Dewani matter," Botha said, refereeing to the
British man accused of killing his new bride in South Africa on their
honeymoon. Authorities in South Africa want Shrien Dewani extradited so
he can face the murder charges he is accused of. The officer also said Pistorius will now also be charged with possession of unlicensed ammunition after .38 Special rounds were found in his bedroom safe. Pistorius only had a licence for a 9mm pistol.
After entering the property, police found an overnight bag and
slippers in Pistorius' bedroom. The judge asked for a floor plan of the
property to get a better picture of the athlete's movements between the
bedroom and bathroom on the night of Steenkamp's death. Pistorius says he thought Steenkamp was an intruder and was overcome with fear. He says he shouted to his girlfriend to phone the police and tried to save her life once he realised what he had done.
Watch the video in news link below:
Time lapse photographer releases stunning video of KL
By Marc Lourdes | Yahoo Newsroom – Mon, Oct 15, 2012
5 months. 400 hours of solid work. 4 cameras. 40 shoots. 640 gigabytes of file space. 19,997 photographs.
how much work architectural photographer Rob Whitworth put in to create
his dazzling 2 minute 36 second time lapse video of Kuala Lumpur.
asked why he chose to create a time lapse video of Malaysia's largest
metropolis, Whitworth's response is that Kuala Lumpur fascinates him.
hard not to be blown away by the Petronas Twin Towers. At night they
are just beautiful. The towers, together with the monorail, give the
city an almost science fiction feel. "I was fascinated by the city's
mixture of super-modern buildings existing alongside its varied
cultural enclaves and with a little of Asia’s chaos thrown in,"he tells
Whitworth, who works out of Singapore, says
time lapse has always interested him. He recalls one of his first high
school projects, which was to document the passing of time by
photographing flowers and fruit in their prime and revisiting them a few
"I was intrigued at how many things constantly go
on all around us which pass by largely unnoticed. Time lapse provides a
great way to use a camera to show the world as we cannot see it," he
His love affair with time lapse videos has won him critical
acclaim. A recent video of Ho Chi Minh City posted online went viral
and garnered 1.5 million views. That same video also won the Jury Award
at the recent EcoKnights KL Eco Film Festival.
Whitworth says he was drawn to the idea of exploring how Kuala Lumpur changes from day to night when he began his project here.
was walking down Jalan Alor shortly after arriving in KL. It struck me
how much the street changed and transformed during the course of the
"I liked the idea of exploring how the city changes from
day to night, how spaces dramatically change during the course of a few
hours. This developed into one of the themes shown in the video of
scenes switching from day to night," he says.
But enough talk. Here's Whitworth's tribute to Malaysia's modern marvel. Watch it for yourself and bask in the city's radiance.
Woman falls to her death from sixth floor of Times Square
February 14, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 14 — Visitors to the Times Square shopping
complex were shocked when a woman fell to her death from the sixth floor
of the complex, here, today.
During the 11am incident, Choo Czek Yeng, 36, died at the scene of severe head injuries.
Wangi police chief ACP Zainuddin Ahmad said police were informed of the
incident at 11.25am and have classified the case as sudden death.
body of the victim was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for
post-mortem," he told Bernama via a short message service (SMS).
witness (man) who did not want to be named said at about 10am, he saw
the woman leaning on to the panel railing of the six floor. — Bernama
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has accused the Penang Chief Minister
Lim Guan Eng of seeking to disrupt Penang BN's Chinese New Year open
house event by urging participants to wear red, yellow and green.
said the event, slated for Feb 11 and to feature South Korean pop
superstar Psy, was supposed to be a happy celebration to promote unity.
"What if we play politics during Hari Raya? But
it seems like Lim Guan Eng wants to play politics only," said Muhyiddin
at a press conference in Penang today.
"He should respect our
programme, and not create trouble. This is an occasion to respect the rights of the rakyat. He has his own programmes. Why does he do it? I am sure the BN won't be disturbing their events or asking people to
wear black or blue. This looks like a stupid thing to do. He thinks he
is smart, but he's actually not," Muhyiddin said.
Muhyiddin questioned why Lim wanted to create trouble on such celebrations,
adding that he was probably "insincere" in asking people to attend the
BN Chinese New Year event.
"I remember, Lim has come to our
events, but did not ask people to wear green, red or yellow. Why he is
doing it now? To create an tense situation? If people are angry, this is
not a good situation. If
he is truly a state leader, he should appreciate situations like this.
This is our right. You have your rights. You can organise your DAP
Chinese New Year programme, I don't think Gerakan or MCA or Umno is
going to disturb," Muhyiddin added.
Muhyiddin also urged Lim (left)
to allow the event to go on smoothly, and criticised him for thinking
that he "owns" every situation, asking "then what is the meaning of CAT
(competency, accountabilty and transparency)?"
Lim had urged Penangites to attend the BN open house wearing the colours for causes that Pakatan Rakyat supports and said said red symbolised change, while yellow symbolised the Bersih movement
for clean and fair elections and green symbolised the growing
environmental protection movement, Himpunan Hijau.
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